Te Ata (TAY’ AH-TAH) is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time.
Despite the attempts of government officials to fully assimilate Native people into “mainstream” society, many Native American artists remained committed to the preservation of their traditional songs, dance and oral traditions and art.
Te Ata’s journey to find her true calling led her through isolation, discovery, love and a stage career that culminated in performances for a United States president, European royalty, and audiences across the world. Yet, of all the stories she shared, none are more inspiring than her own.
Mary Thompson was a representative of the Native American culture. She worked hard to go to college. While at school, she met a theater arts professor, and that is where Te Ata (Mary’s name in the Chickasaw nation) would portray the stories of her heritage.Over the years, she performed for any people, including high government officials. She told the stories that were handed down from generation to generation. She has a passion to inform the people of the songs and tales of many different cultures of Native Americans. She was an encouraging person in a time when the government was not very accepting of the Native Americans. “Te Ata” is a very interesting story of tradition and encouragement. It teaches a lesson that you should follow where God sends you and do what you’re meant to do. We are very proud to award “Te Ata” with the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.